Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance

The Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance solicitation provided funding to address resource gaps and solve market barriers preventing the development of solar installations serving low-to-moderate (LMI) income households.

Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, this program supported projects leading to:

  • The implementation and operation of solar installations for multifamily affordable housing buildings
  • Shared solar (community distributed generation) installations that will provide the benefits of solar to LMI households

Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses were not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants included multifamily affordable housing providers, community organizations or agencies, and technical service providers (such as in energy, legal, or finance) working in partnership with any of these entities.

How it Works

Proposals requested funding up to $200,000 for predevelopment and technical assistance work on a proposed solar project or group of projects. This program funded project activities in areas including, but not limited to:

  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Procurement and contracting
  • Customer outreach and enrollment
  • Business model design for tenants of multifamily affordable housing

This funding did not apply to system design, engineering, hardware, installation, or other costs related to the construction of a solar project.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications to the Affordable Solar Predevelopment Technical Assistance program was August 31, 2018, and NYSERDA is currently not accepting new applications. Please check this webpage for updates regarding a re-opening of the program.


If you have questions about the solicitation, please email

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The resource links below maybe helpful to applicants in conceptualizing potential solar projects: